All About Voodoo , Voodoo Dolls and A Little Black Magic
You will find all that and more here. Plus some great Videos of New Orleans , Cemetery's, Vampires and more. I love to walk in the French Quarter of New Orleans after dark. All kinds of spooky thoughts come to your mind and you feel your heart beat faster. The dark alleys and European Style buildings will give you thoughts of Vampires , Voodoo , Black Magic and more. On a foggy night or just before or just after a thunderstorm its almost to spooky. Also there in the French Quarter you can find some of the best food in the world and if your lucky you might just see a ghost or two or at the very least you can eat in some cafes that are supposed to be haunted.
The City that Loves the Dead
New Orleans is known for its ghost stories, and in the midst of the French Quarter is a Creole-style mansion on Royal and Governor Nichol's Streets that draws a lot of attention. It was once the home of Dr. Lalaurie and his wife Delphine. Katherine Smith, a New Orleans historian and tour guide for Haunted History Tours, documents the tale in Journey into Darkness: Ghosts and Vampires of New Orleans.
Delphine was a reputedly beautiful woman with long, black hair, and she and her husband were renowned for their extravagant parties. They had many slaves and seemed a respectable pair, but little did townspeople know what Madame Lalaurie did to make her slaves submissive. She had already been in court over charges of brutality, and on one occasion after complaints of abuse, several slaves had been removed from the home, but few people would speak out against this couple, so they were never arrested. Not even after a young girl jumped to her death from the second floor to escape her harsh mistress. Then one night in 1834, a fire brought a volunteer fire brigade to the home and the Lalauries' gruesome secrets were discovered.
As they put out the flames, they could smell the stench of death, so they broke into a locked attic room to find a truly disgusting scene. According to several accounts, dead slaves were chained to the walls, but some were still alive and housed in cages, starved or maimed by medical experiments. One man had been surgically transformed into a woman, and a woman's arm and leg bones had been broken and reset at odd angles. Another woman's skin had been peeled off, while the lips of a third were sewn shut. A few had been dissected, with their organs still exposed. Scattered around the room were pails full of body parts, organs, and severed heads.
A lynch mob was formed, but the Lalauries had escaped and were never heard from again. Renovations years later uncovered the skeletons of slaves apparently buried alive, but no one knows how many unfortunate victims these two brutes actually had.
Smith indicates that this building soon became known as "Haunted House," and people avoided it. Although it is a beautiful residence in a desirable location, it sat vacant for forty years. Then several successive owners reported such problems that it again sat vacant for a time. Stories include sightings of a large male in chains, a woman who shouts in French and carries a whip, pictures inside thrown from the walls, cameras not working, and furniture that moved around on its own. The current owner is aware of the tourists who come to see it, but requests privacy.
Among American cities, New Orleans may hold the record for hauntings, but others vie with it for that distinction. Savannah, Georgia is one of them.
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New Orleans Vampires , A walk through the french quarter and a New Orleans cemetery
A Bit About Voodoo
The versions of Voodoo which survived in the Southeastern USA, were connected with Christian mysticism in the minds of rural African Americans. Segregation minimized the number of bi-lingual African Americans (those who spoke basilect and fluent acrolect), and at the same time minimized the number of whites who could translate basilect well enough to discover Voodoo in the spoken, sung, or written words of middle class, working class or working-poor African Americans. In isolated African American communities, such as the Georgia Sea Islands or in the Mississippi Delta, Voodoo lore could be freely referenced and practices, at least the more subtle ones, were more public.
Many popular songs of the Delta Blues tradition (circa 1900 to 1941) referenced voodoo or its derivitive Hoodoo explicitly. Robert Johnson sang of "hot foot powder sprinkled all round my door" and Muddy Water(s) referenced "the gypsy woman", "seventh son", and the "mojo hand".
Scholars debate the variations of Voodoo, how they have survived, how much they have changed, and to what extent Christianity in general or Catholicism in particular were used as covers to enable the survival of Voodoo. A common saying is that Haiti is 80% Roman Catholic, 20% Protestant, and 100% Vodou. Thus the Catholic contribution to Haitian Vodou is quite noticeable.
However, in the United States the story may be a little different, depending upon which scholarship you read. Some scholars believe confusion about Voodoo in the USA arises because there is a widespread system of African American folk belief and practice known as Hudu or more popularly as hoodoo. The similarity of the words hoodoo and Voodoo notwithstanding, hoodoo may have tenuous connections to organized religion like Vodou, but hoodoo may be an integral part of the Vodoun religion in West Africa and arguably throughout all of Africa. Some aspects of hoodoo may be derived primarily from Congo and Angolan practices of Central Africa, and may retain elements of the traditions and practices that arose among Bantu language speakers.
Today, possibly due to the suppression of the Voodoo and Hoodoo traditions and Vodoun religion in the United States, most hoodoo 'root-workers' are members of African American Protestant churches, but when hoodoo is compared to some of the African religions in the diaspora, the closest parallel is Cuban Palo, a survival of Congo religious beliefs.
In summary, Haitian Vudou is derived from West African religious traditions and was retained in modified form by enslaved Africans in the Caribbean who were captive in a mostly Catholic population. However, in the USA the Vodoun religion is derived from largely the Ewe and other West and central African groups
Public relations-wise, Vodou has come to be associated in the popular mind with such phenomena as "zombies" and "voodoo dolls." While there is evidence of zombie creation, it is a minor phenomenon within rural Haitian culture and not a part of the Vodou religion as such. Such things fall under the auspices of the bokor or sorcerer rather than the priest of the Lwa.
The practice of sticking pins in dolls has history in European folk magic, but its exact origins are unclear. How it became known as a method of cursing an individual by some followers of what has come to be called New Orleans Voodoo, which is a local variant of hoodoo, is a mystery. Some speculate that it was used as a means of self defense to intimidate superstitious slave owners. This practice is not unique to New Orleans voodoo, however, and has as much basis in European-based magical devices such as the poppet and the nkisi or bocio of West and Central Africa. These are in fact power objects, what in Haiti would be referred to as pwen, rather than magical surrogates for an intended target of sorcery whether for boon or for bane. Such voodoo dolls are not a feature of Haitian religion, although dolls intended for tourists may be found in the Iron Market in Port au Prince. The practice became closely associated with the Vodou religions in the public mind through the vehicle of horror movies and popular novels.
There is a practice in Haiti of nailing crude poppets with a discarded shoe on trees near the cemetery to act as messengers to the otherworld, which is very different in function from how poppets are portrayed as being used by voodoo worshippers in popular media and imagination, ie. for purposes of sympathetic magic towards another person. Another use of dolls in authentic Vodou practice is the incorporation of plastic doll babies in altars and objects used to represent or honor the spirits, or in pwen, which recalls the aforementioned use of bocio and nkisi figures in Africa.
Although Voodoo is often associated with Satanism, Satan is purely an Abrahamic belief and has not been incorporated in Voodoo tradition. When Mississippi Delta folk-songs mix references to Voodoo and to Satan, what is being expressed is social pain such as from racism, which is couched in Christian terms and blamed on the devil. Those who practice voodoo do not worship or invoke the blessings of a devil.
Voodoo in New Orleans
INTRODUCTION TO VOODOO IN HAITI
First and foremost Voodoo is a religion. It is the dominant religion of Haiti. Many of the practices and descriptions of Voodoo belief may sound to us like rank superstition, but then, imagine the beliefs of Christianity to people who know nothing about it. Tell them about the trinity or the resurrection, or the presence of Jesus in the eucharist. Any of these practices which very intelligent Christians believe in the fullest would seem no less superstitious to someone unfamiliar with Christianity.
Thus I urge you to recognize that Voodoo is Haiti's religion, it is taken very seriously not merely by unlettered peasants, but many intelligent and learned members of the Haitian society believe as sincerely in Voodoo as do German theology professors in their Christianity. In no way do I expect you to believe in Voodoo; no more than I would expect you to convert to Islam if I taught a course on that religion. But, please do recognize that it is every bit as real a religion as the major religions of the world.
- The most basic concepts of Voodoo.
- There is one God, Bondye. This God is very similar to the God of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. There is only one God.
- There are three important categories of other spiritual beings:
- lwa. These are the various spirits of family members; the spirits of the major forces of the universe--good, evil, reproduction, health, all aspects of daily life.
- lwa interact with the people of earth.
- They "mount" people now and again during religious ceremonies and they give messages, and even cause various good and bad things to happen to people.
- The twins. A curious and rather mysterious set of forces of contradictories: good and evil, happy and sad etc. If honored now and again in religious services they will tend to help you have the better side of life.
- The dead. Mainly the souls of one's own family members who have died but have not yet been "reclaimed" by the family. Ignored family dead are dangerous. Honored and cared for family dead are helpful.
- lwa. These are the various spirits of family members; the spirits of the major forces of the universe--good, evil, reproduction, health, all aspects of daily life.
- The central and key aspect of Voodoo is healing people from illness. Such healing activities probably constitute 60% of all Voodoo activity. Healers heal with herbs, faith healing (with the help of lwa and other spirits) and, today, even with western medicine!
- The priesthood of Voodoo contains both men (houngan) and women (mambo). Their functions are:
- perform religious ceremonies to call or pacify the spirits.
- to hold initiations for new priests(tesses) (kanzo service and taking the ason).
- Telling the future and reading dreams.
- casting spells and creating protections.
- creating potions for various purposes. (From love spells to death spells.)
For any of these they may receive fees. But, they may not too. This differs from one houngan and mambo to another. (Note his is similar to fees paid to rabbis, mullahs, priests and ministers.)
- Another central feature of Voodoo is the "service," the religious rites of the religion.
- These are usually held outside, under a rough roof and around the "poto mitan," the center pole. A houngan or mambo almost always directs these.
- Drums are used extensively to provide music and dancing is absolutely essential to the whole service.
- Services are fully participatory. Not only the houngan and mambo participate but nearly everyone present.
- A master of ceremonies (La Place) is often present.
- A hounganikon directs the music and motion.
- Hounsi (women only) are serving ladies, usually dressed in white.
- Those in attendance are nearly all participants and most can be "mounted" by lwa.
- In most services the lwa "mount" people. That is, they come and take over a person's body for a time. When the lwa come the person is gone. (It's not clear where the person goes.) The body is the body of the person, but it is really the lwa. If a male lwa mounts a female person, he is referred to as "he," not she, during the mounting.
- Nearly every Voodoo service has animal sacrifice. By killing the animal one releases life. The lwa are exhausted by the taxing task of running the universe. Thus they can receive this life sacrificed to them and are re-juvenated. They are usually quite happy about this.
- There are two primary sorts of Voodoo.
- Rada. This is a family spirit Voodoo and the Voodoo of the relatively peaceful and happy lwa.
- Petro. (In some areas called Congo.) This is a black magic Voodoo and the Voodoo of angry, mean and nasty lwa. Dangerous things happen in Petro including death curses, the making of zombi and wild sexual orgies SPECIAL NOTE By virtually all scholarly estimates one can find, Rada accounts for about 95% of Voodoo, if not more. Thus the spectacular tales of black magic, while very real, are extremely limited. Petro is not the typical Voodoo, but it does exist.
- The analysis of humans. Humans have two spirits and a body.
- ti-bon-ange (little good angel). This is similar to the conscience in the Western understanding of people.
- gros-bon-ange (big good angel). This is similar to the soul in Western theories of person, except the soul is much more separate from the person than is a western soul. For example, when the person goes before God for judgment it is the gros-bon-ange which presents "the person" to God and makes the person's case.
- Key terms in Voodoo
- hounfo--the parish or region of a houngan or mambo's influence.
- govi--a small earthen bottle into which the gros-bon-ange of dead ancestors can "rescued." After a person dies the gros-bon-ange goes to the underwater place. A year and a day after he or she goes their the relatives can recall the gros-bon-ange. Unfortunately this is a very expensive service, requiring a significant animal sacrifice, often an ox. Thus it is often considerable time before the service can be done. If too much time passes the ancestor may get a bit restless and cause trouble-- illness etc.
- serviteurs--serious practitioners of Voodoo.
- ason--the magic rattle of the houngan or mambo.
- lave tet--(washing of the head) an initiation ceremony held for serviteurs after they have been mounted for the first time.
- kanzo--the initiation ceremonies for those moving into a very serious level of Voodoo practice.
- taking of the ason--the final initiation into being a houngan or mambo. NOTE: Both kanzo and the taking of the ason are very secret services. However, in Alfred Metraux's book (VOODOO IN HAITI), through observation and talking with people who were not too careful about the secrecy of kanzo, he has pieced together a detailed account of the ceremony.
- verve--ceremonial drawings done in flour, of the various lwa.
- peristyle--the Voodoo temple. A tiny tiny place.
- poto mitan--the center pole in a Voodoo peristyle. It represents the center of the universe and all dancing revolves around the poto mitan.
- Les Invisibles--all spirits.
- Les Mysteries--
- the lwa themselves.
- sacred knowledge. Also called "konesans."
- The crossroads. A central image in Voodoo. This is the place where the two worlds (earth and spirit world) meet. Virtually all Voodoo acts, even healing, begin with the acknowledgment of the crossroads.
- Some of the central lwa in the Voodoo pantheon.
- Legba. An old man who is the gatekeeper between the two worlds, world of earth and the world of the Invisibles. He is the origin of life. The sun is one of his symbols, but he is also the source of regeneration and uses the symbol of the phallus.
- Kalfu (crossroads) is the Petro counterpart to Legba. He is the spirit of the night, the origins of darkness. The moon is his symbol. He can be placated, but is a dangerous lwa.
- Papa Ghede. lwa of death and resurrection. A total clown. Very erotic and comic. He is the lord of eroticism.
- Dumballah. The father figure. He is the good snake. The source of peace and tranquillity. The egg is offered to him when he comes to mount a person. He is much loved and sought after. His wife Aida-wedo attends him.
- Agwe. The sovereign of the seas. Especially honored, as one might well expect, by people who live near the sea.
- Ogoun. The warrior. Today, too, the force of politics. Violent.
- Erzulie. The earth mother. Spirit of the goddess of love. The muse of beauty. (Strongly identified with the Virgin Mary.) Her appearance (when she mounts someone) is one of cleansing, dressing, delicate foods daintily eaten. She can read the future in dreams. A much loved lwa.
- The FATALISM of Voodoo.
Voodoo is much criticized by foreigners in Haiti. Sometimes it is simply because they profess a competing religion and don't want the people to stay with Voodoo. At other times they charge that it is devil worship. This claim is sheer nonsense when speaking of Rada Voodoo, the numerically primary form. It is less clear how to describe Petro. There are no "devils" in Voodoo, but Petro cultivates the evil or at least angry spirits.
However, many of the non-religious aspects of Voodoo which people often criticize really seem to me to be more the result of Voodoo's overwhelming fatalism. The view is that to an astonishing degree the lwa determine out lives. The Haitian serviteur has little use for anything like the Western idea of free will and personal responsibility. Rather, whatever has happened it is the lwa who have caused it.
If one would like to change anything in one's life, from a current illness to the fundaments of the social system, one must ask the lwa. One does not ACT on one's own. This would be counter-productive since it is the lwa who decide these things anyway.
Further, the lwa are not very changeable. Things are the way they are because the lwa have decided it. This fatalism contributes significantly to the peasants' unwillingness to struggle for liberation.
However, one can must the hard question: Is it Voodoo that has caused Haitian fatalism, or is it the history of the African/Haitian experience that has created Voodoo's fatalism?
- Voodoo's relationship to Christianity.
- The Catholic experience.
- Under the French slaves were forbidden from practicing Voodoo. Nonetheless Voodoo survived. The colonists did allow occasional dances on the weekends. These dances were actually Voodoo services!
- After the liberation of 1804 all white people were kicked out of Haiti and many were killed. This included Roman Catholic priests. Thus in 1804 the Vatican broke with Haiti and did not establish relations with her again until 1860.
- During this 56 year period houngans and mambos built up the public religion of Haiti, Voodoo, in a weird amalgamation of African spirit religion and Catholicism. Virtually all lwa became associated with Catholic saints (Dumballah the snake lwa is St. Patrick; Erzulie, the earth mother is the Virgin Mary). The most important consequence of this is that Haitians see nothing odd at all with practicing Voodoo and Catholicism side by side and are often very devout about each of them.
I can't explain this, I only describe it.
- From time to time from 1860 until the late 1940s the Catholic Church waged campaigns against Voodoo. They never came to anything.
- In 1941-42 some elements of the Catholic Church waged an all out physical, holy war against Voodoo. They burned peristyle, Voodoo shrines, beat (some say even killed) houngans and mambo, demanded their ostracism from society and shot things up. But, they lost. Voodoo went under-ground to some extent, but it grew in popularity, in large measure because of the oppression.
- By the early 1950s the Catholic hierarchy halted this war, got rid of these priest warriors and made their peace with Voodoo. Voodoo drums and melodies were incorporated into Catholic church services. The Catholics took the position, if you can't defeat them, co-opt them. Relative peace has held between the Catholics and serviteurs ever since.
- The Protestants.
- Until the 1970s Haiti was nearly 100% Catholic.
- In the 1970s evangelical Protestantism came to Haiti. After Reagan came to power evangelization mushroomed.
- Evangelical Protestants are bitter enemies of Voodoo and denounce it all the time as devil worship. Many of these people claim that Haiti's misery is because she is being punished by God for the sins of her Voodoo serviteurs.
- Protestantism has come to Haiti as a serious business. Evangelical Protestants groups own 7 of Haiti's 11 radio stations and have made significant gains in conversions.
- Today most observers believe that at least 15% of the Christians in Haiti are Protestant evangelicals.
- The Catholic experience.
Black Magic & Voodoo Witchcraft Black Magic
Black Magic is on the rise as predicted by Mony Singh in the article he wrote for "India Post" in 1994. Black Magic is dangerous and can destroy one's health and wellbeing, it can also kill or make the individual commit suicide in extreme cases. The innocent soul seldom finds out that he/she has become a victim of Black Magic.
If you think you have become a victim of black magic here are the indications that will help you understand your situation.
Initial stages of possible Black Magic or Spirit Activity
- Your sleep is disturbed
- Fatigue and lack of energy to live day-to-day life
- You have Fear
- Disinterest in life
- You are irritated for no reason
- You get angry for no reason
- Your professional career suffers
- Dryness of mouth at night
- Obesity in some cases
- Sudden Chills and Goose Bumps
- Tightness around body parts
- You start forgetting things in the spur of the moment and experience memory loss
Advance Stages of Black Magic/Spirit Activity
- You dream of dead bodies and horrible looking people who want to kill you in your dream
- You dream of snakes & dirty places
- Waking up suddenly in fear with shortness of breath
- Dreaming of falling from Heights
- Dreaming of Snakes, Scorpions & Spiders
- You see black dots or smoke flying all over
- The stomach bloats like a pregnant women's belly and the area right above the navel tightens up & when touched feels like a golf ball is in there
- Extreme hunger in case entities have taken charge of your body
- Constant headache
- Your complexion darkens
- Itching, burning and stinging pains in different parts of the body
Final Stages of Spirit Possession/Black Magic with very little recovery time left
- Cancer of blood or other body parts
- Shrinking and malfunctioning of kidneys
- Excessive alcohol consumption resulting in liver damage
- Substance Abuse
- Heart Attacks resulting in sudden death
- Medicines do not work baffling the medical practitioner: resulting in doctors using stronger treatments
- Suicidal attempts or thoughts of self destruction
Additional symptoms pertaining to women only
- Bruise marks around thighs & vagina
- Rape in dreams with an orgasm that is real
- Irritation in the vagina with Leukorrhea
- Complete stoppage of monthly periods or irregular periods
- unable to conceive due to psychic blocks so as the woman stays barren all her life
- blockages in fallopian tubes and/or unable to hold the pregnancy resulting in miscarriage
Additional symptoms pertaining to Spiritual People
- Your interest in the divine consciousness takes a nose dive, you lose interest in your prayers and meditations.
- Body shakes like a pemdulum when one tries to meditate or pray
- one gets attracted towards unholy desires like homosexuality, Non-vegetarian food, sex & other vices
- Your kundalini shakti becomes inactive in case your kundalini was functioning earlier.
In serious cases where demons, devils or evil entities have taken possession of the individual's body, the individual can commit suicide or become a killer. Sudden violent behavior is quite visible in these individuals.
There are many other symptoms and it all depends upon the type of black magic that is being used.
The spirit activity increases 2-3 days before the Dark moon nights and the full moon nights. If you are a victim your condition will worsen around these periods. It will help you keep a log of the events around these periods. Please check the dates for the Full Moon Nights and the Dark Moon Nights that are listed at the end of this page.
(Very Cruel & Deadliest of all)
Voodoo Witchcraft comes from the African continent & is extremely lethal. In the last few years it has spread into other parts of the world & is being mixed with other forms of Black magic to harm and kill people.The clothes, hair, nails and picture are used to make a doll that resembles the victim; the heart area of the doll is kept open for the final ritual. A ritual is performed and a heart is pulled out from a live animals body while it is vibrating and placed into the heart area of the doll, at this point the doll is infused with life connecting the doll with the victim with an invisible psychic chord.
Once the doll and the victim are connected, 2-3 inch needles are pushed in the doll at specific acupuncture points to break the energy system of the victim. As the pins are pushed into the doll the victim feels as if a needle is being pierced into his body. The victim can be sitting thousands of miles away and will experience the attacks instantaneously. If the victim was made to eat or drink food and/or water that consists of "Masaan" (Ash of the Dead) infused with negatively charged energy by the black magician, the effects are life threatening and gives unlimited control over the victims Mind & Body. The prime focus of the black magician is to destroy the immune system of their victim. In case of a man: head & temple area, thumbs & big toes are targeted to break the immune system. In case of women, breasts and private parts are attacked to terrorize & harm the victim. The individual can be killed using this technique in as little as 28 days (one Moon cycle). If the individual is physically, mentally, emotionally & spiritually strong it becomes very difficult for the attacker to kill the victim within a specific time period and the attacks can continue for years until the victim or the black magician dies. At present many forms of black magic are being used all over the world, the problem is rising at a horrifying rate and the governments are not interested in looking into the problem and making laws to punish the Black Magicians. In the past few years hushed up research has been done at the Stony Brook Medical College, New York. USA and they have concluded that Voodoo witchcraft can kill people. 90% of Vietnam is dominated by the practice of black magic; Parts of Asia including India, China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia are the areas where the science of black magic is spreading like wild fire. In the west: America, Mexico & parts of South America, England, Eastern Europe & Africa are some of the areas where Black Magic & Voodoo witchcraft is on the rise. Here are some of the effects one can experience on the physical level if one has become a victim of Voodoo Witchcraft: In Voodoo the effects are not gradual but start instantly and the intensity of these attacks increase to higher levels depending upon the weakness of the individual.
- Waking up with a jerk and in fear within moments one falls into the first stage of sleep.
- A Dark or Grey smoke is seen in front of the eyes when awake.
- One's complexion turns dark & as the time passes it turns to darker shades of black.
- Stinging pains in different parts of the body.
- Shooting stinging pain in the tongue and one wakes up with extreme pain with a blister on the tongue.
- Burning of palms as if they have been put on fire
- Lips and other body parts get swollen in the spur of the moment for no medical reasons.
- Constant Fatigue/ Low Energy
- Mood Swings & extremely negative thinking that can lead to suicides
- Jerking/Twitching of muscles or body parts
- feeling of ants crawling on the body or body parts vibrate
- Heaviness/Tightness in the whole body or certain body parts
- In serious cases where spirits have taken control of the house where the individual is residing: one can experience dripping plasma from the walls, unusual activity of the insects & other weird phenomenon that is unexplainable & unrealistic. Some of the unusual activity is only visible to the victims.
- Whether it is Black Magic or Voodoo witchcraft the effects are intensified on and around the Full Moon Nights and the Dark Moon nights
As the attacks continue the victim is torn down on multiple levels; gets bedridden and eventually dies of no apparent medical reason. The doctor's cannot help him because the symptoms misguide the doctors into giving the individual stronger treatments with every passing day and one day the body gives-up. If any of the above symptoms match your situation, you should immediately get professional help. There are some specific mantras in the Rig Vedas that can start protecting you immediately. Here are some precautions that you can take from becoming a victim
- Do not eat or drink any item from anyone unless the person shares that food item with you.
- Sweets/Desserts that are filled with "Ash of the Dead" and charged with negative mantra are used to create an opening in your auric shield and that opening is used as a channel to control your body & mind.
- Black Magic is done using your picture, clothes, hair, nails, blood, saliva, skin tissue & used menstrual pads
- Women get affected with black magic more easily than men, in women the effects can be observed on the surface while in men it works as an undercurrent and is not visible.
- Black magic can also be done by touching your body or looking straight into your eyes.
- Anything that carries an aura can be charged with negative energies to create an opening in the auric field of the victim. Examples: Clothing, jewelry, piece of paper, stuffed animals or stuffed dolls e.t.c
- Black magic can also be done using your name and your mother's name hence do not give sensitive information to everyone
- There is nothing irrational about black magic as it is an ancient science and can be mastered to hurt or heal people hence follow the rule of Trusting in God but staying on Guard
Exploring Saint Louis Cemetery ,Kenny and I wander around the Saint Louis Cemetary in New Orleans. We look at Marie Laveau's tomb.
Marie Laveau The Voodoo Queen
Believed to be born in New Orleans in 1794 and died in New Orleans on June 15th, 1881. A free woman of color as well as a Quadroon (African, Indian, French and Spanish), she became the most famous and powerful Voodoo Queen in the world, so powerful that she acclaimed herself the Pope of Voodoo in the 1830s. She was respected and feared by thousands including the Catholic Church. A devout catholic, going to mass each day, she got permission to hold rituals behind St. Louis Cathedral. Starting out as a hairdresser and later as a selfless nurse, Marie Laveau became the first commercial Voodoo Queen. She had fifteen children by her second husband, one of which (Marie Philomene Laveau Glapion) walked in her footsteps and became almost as powerful as her mother.
How To Make A Voodoo Doll
New Orleans Voodoo Doll Basic Materials: 2 sticks, Spanish moss, feathers, scrap material ( Cloth ) in power colors, brown natural twine , imagination and intent.
yellow - success
white - positive
red - power
purple - spirituality
green - money
blue - love
black - repelling negative energy
Make your doll in one of the 7 Power Colors. You pick the color for what you need. You make a cross with the two sticks. Applewood (natural not processed ) works best as this is believed by many to be the tree of life. Once you have made the cross fasten it together and tie it tight with twine. Now take the spanish moss and build the doll a body. Tie the moss to the sticks with your twine. Now you can get as elabrate as you want to. Make your doll clothes in the power color you need. You can make your doll a head out of cloth and moss or buy you one already made. Its really best to make it yourself for it to have the most power. If you have fingernail clippings or hair of a loved one or enemy they go sewed up in the head of the doll. You can decorate your doll and now comes the fun part. If you made it for one of the power colors to bring you what that color is supposed to bring you keep the doll close to you and burn a candle near it at night. Especially on the full of the moon.
Voodoo Black Magic
If you wish to bring your enemy bad luck you need something that belongs to them. This is where that hair or fingernail clippings come in. If this is you then you need to sew them up in the dolls head and you make your doll with a black body. You place the doll and a picture of the person you want to bring bad things to next to a black candle. You burn the candle every night for a few minutes 3-4 min before midnight and 3-4 min after midnight. Durning this time you say quietly to the doll what you would like to happen to that person. You can try sticking pins with black heads into the doll. Once you put a pin in you leave it there. After 3 full moons you wrap the doll and any candle that is left in black cloth and you bury it as close to the persons house you have been hexing as possible. If you did it right bad luck and unhappy times will come to them
We are not telling you to do this. This is how Voodoo Practitioners working Black Magic on someone did it.
Haunted in New Orleans
St. Louis Cathedral Hauntings
New Orleans has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to ghost stories and hauntings. Here in the city we sometimes treat them casually, because we take these things for granted. However, different seasons or times of the year bring to mind certain stories, some of which are widely renowned, and some of which are whispered more discreetly. We decided to start a series re-telling some of our favorites, and hinting where you might run into a ghost or two when you visit the city. Today we begin with St. Louis Cathedral.
Friar Antonio de Sedella came to New Orleans around 1774 with the Spanish Inquisition in Louisiana. Never an enthusiastic inquisitor, over the course of a few years, Father Sedella became the beloved Pere Antoine, the pastor of the (then) St.
Louis Church. He baptized Marie Laveau, performed her wedding ceremony, and together with her did much for the imprisoned, as well as the slave population, in New Orleans. They worked tirelessly to free women of color and their children.The church burned in the great fire of 1788, and a new church was completed in 1794, designated this time as a cathedral. Pere Antoine was pastor until his death in 1829, and was particularly loved among the poor. Many stories abound about him and his life--but what has he been doing lately? All signs point to the fact that he still loves the city that loved him so much.
Pere Antoine's Alley
Many people report having seen Pere Antoine walking slowly down the small alley named for him alongside his St. Louis Cathedral. He is mostly drawn to the early mornings when the French Quarter is quieter, but has also been discovered disappearing into the mist of a winter afternoon. In these sightings, he usually doesn't appear to notice anyone because he is almost always reading his breviary, or book of prayers. People who have seen him like this experience a feeling of comfort, no matter what they have been doing the night before! Sometimes though, he's a little more active. One woman we know was taking a short cut through the alley on a rainy afternoon, on her way to lunch. Tottering on high heels, she tripped straight into the arms of a black-robed man with a sharp nose and a stern expression. After righting herself with the aid of her rescuer, she brushed off her skirt and looked up to see--nobody. The helping hand was invisible, but she heard a disembodied voice whisper a short phrase in French. It scared us, but our friend was unruffled, and even though she doesn't know what the good father said, she reported experiencing a sense of peace.
Pere Antoine's Christmas
At Midnight Mass at St. Louis Cathedral,some worshippers have told of seeing Pere Antoine walking near left side of the main altar, holding a candle. He is distinguishable partly because his Capuchin robe contrasts with the more celebratory garments of the Archbishop and other priests, and partly because he seems to fade away as he approaches. Perhaps he prefers the Latin Mass, as he knew it.
Pere Dagobert was a Capuchin monk who became pastor of St. Louis Church in 1745. Also a champion of the poor and disenfranchised, Pere Dagobert was an immensely charismatic personality. When, in 1764, the French found out that New Orleans had been ceded to Spain, there was instant fear and rebellion. Six ringleaders of the revolt, prominent friends of the monk, were executed by a firing squad and left unburied by order of the Spanish governor.
Pere Dagobert would not allow this outrage, and somehow, under the watchful eyes of the Spanish garrison, recovered the bodies, notified the families, and performed a burial Mass in the church. The bodies were buried with a Catholic ceremony in St. Louis Cemetery Number 1, after a funeral procession during a rainstorm.
The haunting by Pere Dagobert is particularly beautiful. Also seen in the Cathedral, he is best known for his heavenly voice singing hymns along the streets from the Cathedral to the cemetery. His "Kyrie" rings out especially mournful on a rainy night.
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Mackenzie Sage Wright on October 09, 2013:
Very interesting, Voudoo is such a misunderstood religion. People always think nasty things like evil and zombies but it's a very beautiful religion as well.
Mister Jake on April 22, 2013:
im doin a paper on voodoo and i was wondering if you could tell me anything about it that will arouse the intertest in my readers.
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Thondu Rushi on August 21, 2012:
Ya.. now I believe in it,finally,after falling victim to this dangerous art. Been a few weeks since i've been this sick. Been to almost a dozen diff specialists & medicines don't work. I had the gud-fortune of knowing about a certain "Mata"(people with powers to deal with these sorta stuffs) through a friend. I gave her a visit,the place was bustling with all kinds of people from almost everywhere(not from outside India). My turn finally came,I sat to discuss my problem & as I was about to do that,she by the influence of the power in her spake. She told everything like she was the one who was sufferin,down to every minutest detail. You had to see my face then,I was lgterally dumbstruck. How on earth could she hav known that,she had to have been with me 24/7 to know that much. Her verdict, a spell had been cast upon me & an effigy buried.She says i'll be cured,and yes,I believe her. I don't remember being rude to anybody,why would somebody want to kill me by doing magic on me..damn!! May God have mercy on their sorry souls,for even they will die one day & meet their maker. I pity them.
Zeero Point Fivee from Lalitpur, Nepal on June 18, 2012:
yeah I AM POSSESSED or VOODOOED for real and I think I am about to die. I am losing a lot of weight. My body is way tired all the time. I am developing habits that are not mine. I got bruises that burns and wont go away, they are too deep. I get R.E.M a lot and i can not sleep. I got back pains too. Way weird things happened to me and around me since the past 3 weeks. Weird as in I was dragged to ... and we had meat all the time for 14 days or more. A chicken was also killed that I think was sacrificed. Body and mind is dull, it's like I can't even think straight and things like that. I forget things quickly and my family and friends are calling me psycho and mad and other names. They wont believe me,No one really does actually. I even doubt myself at times.
It's been 3 weeks and it's been hell on earth. This is like a message to y'all who think voodoo ain't nothing cause once you've felt it you will believe every ghost story you heard and I will write some things about this if I live through this mess. And my x.girl friend is the magician,I'm pretty sure about it.
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Please if anyone bothered to read that.
Wondering on May 12, 2012:
what about Andrew Breitbart, who as his witness Chris Lasseter said, he saw a thick band of blanched white skin around his head, when he fell to the ground, after having a wine and supper at a pub, he fell like a sack of brick, as he stepped up on the curb after crossing the neighborhood street, then without warning, fell immediately. The white skin made a circle around his head, and the rest of the face and neck was very flushed red.
What does this mean? i thought of black magic, and also directed energy weapons. Now I think of the directed energy more having been the cause, as this was not natural, and usually the victim of magic suffers for longer than this.
But again, this could also be the magic. I don't know, and have been wondering. Do you think of anything that this white band signifies in black magic? Thank you very much for your help.
pamela on February 09, 2012:
i think youshould write even more vodoo stories ,but this time write the stories that happened to people that really did get vodooed or at least the people who did vodoo
voodoospell from 1958 South 950 East Provo on January 05, 2012:
In this hub nice info is given regarding a voodoo .I am glad to read.
Dinesh on October 11, 2011:
Hi, I was wondering, do you do Paranormal Investigations, not to go into too much detail but I am hearing voices that are making life very miserable in more ways than one (mentally and very much physically), they are voices of spirits . Let's just say the sooner I get help the better. Also what methods do you have that can help with these type of problems? Is there a cost? My situation is a life and death situation, everyday I live in fear, and physically feel pain, in different parts of my body, based upon where these ghost focus their energy. I am rendered completely helpless, and cannot defend myself.
By the way I live in Toronto Canada.
P.S.- I heard about your website from a Google search
Awaiting your response
my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, if you can respond, it will be greatly appreciated, thanks.
Cresentmoon2007 from Caledonia, MI on October 11, 2011:
This is a truly informative hub and has left me thinking about a few things. I think that I should do a house blessing. Thank you for sharing.
Jennifer on September 29, 2011:
I would like to know what happens while people are practicing voodoo. What happens when you cross your legs? I really need to know.
Ce-Cewe3 on September 06, 2011:
I Think this relgion is one of the deepes. Maybe thats why people r so afarid of it...? Knowing that this one relgion can really hurt you, or someone ealse....? Me I got it running n my vines, my boold line. It even freak me out...alitter. Why do I have these cazy of the wall dreams, seening people who I dont even know, then seening them the next day, or whenever? This has been for as long as I can remember, why...? Befor my dad pass he try to explan to me, but it wasn't enough to know or understand why. People who do it n know it, they can feel me, they know I have something spical?
When I use to go to church they would tell me I was the "devil?" Telling me I was doing witchcaft, n I wasn't... maybe they were? For theso out there who know there history on voodoo?... but even in the bible they talk about dreams... so does this make me a sinner, or a saint?
Scott Robinson on January 06, 2011:
Wow this really was beautiful. I feel even more connected now than i did earlier this morning. If you wrote a book i would buy it.
Ashley on September 30, 2010:
this is extremely informative and "in depth"& is a great "hub" ! i have always been interested in the unknown supernatural freaky weird stuff this is one of the subjects i like. i would love to visit new orleans one day
Trey on June 01, 2010:
Wow! That cleared up more than a few questions of mine!
Chris Friend on December 27, 2009:
An exceptional Hub on Voodoo. Very very good.
Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on December 21, 2009:
You should be able to print the whole thing. Just select all and print. I just tried it in Windows Vista and it worked fine.
moonbeam43 on December 21, 2009:
i would like to print this article, i can't remember all this.it want print all the pages,it just print the first page and that' it.the rest of the pages be blank.why can't i print this.i want tell anyone'i promise.
Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on December 21, 2009:
Thanks for all the great comments about ghosts and paranormal activity. Glad you liked it.
moonbeam43 on December 13, 2009:
i don't think i'm going to like it.i can't print what i need when i need it.it prints the 1'st page,thats it no more pages after that.why is that,i want to print "voodoo secrets legends ghost and more".
robert Roelvink on October 11, 2009:
I have been living in the domininican republi, am quiet familiar with the principles of voodoo. However I would like to obtain more serious information
K.Robertson on September 14, 2009:
This is a very informative and enlightening Hub.Great work! I try to be open minded when it comes to religions. I think voodoo had gotten a bad rap because people only want to see the negative side of it. It's not something I would be interested in converting to, but I respect it.
Because there's magic involved in it, of course there's going to be a darker side, because we as humans have a darker side: greed, selfishness, want for money, revenge, power, sex, can drive anyone to turning to extreme measures to get what they want no matter what their religion.
One question though..I was wondering, for a Voodoo spell to work, wouldn't the reciever have to believe in it too? Say someone 'cursed' you (is that he right word?) and you knew about it, but you didn't believe.
Chris Friend on June 09, 2009:
A truly exceptional article on Voodoo. Really wonderful and very well researched and written. Again, you need to write a book. Honest.
jay on August 19, 2008:
can't sumone belong to othr religions as well as this one? i mean, wht r all the set of rules n evrythg.....n it seems so spooky......
T. Williams on April 29, 2008:
I can truly say that voodoo is an art as well as a religion. It has been in my family as far back as my great grandmother. There are no limits to it, and it's abilities and strengh are enormous!